I completed my PhD in 2016 at UNSW Sydney in Steve Most’s Motivated Attention & Perception Lab. Trading one coast of the Pacific Ocean for another, I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in Mara Mather’s Emotion & Cognition Lab at the University of Southern California. In January 2020, I will be returning back down under to start my lab at the University of Western Australia.
My research is focused on emotion-attention interactions and how they change with age and Alzheimer's Disease. Using behavioral, eyetracking, and neuroimaging techniques, I am exploring how our attention prioritizes emotional information over other information, how we are able to overcome distraction from emotional stimuli, and how our attentional prioritization for emotional information changes as we age. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms involved in emotion-attention interactions. For example, the locus coeruleus - the brain's primary source of norepinephrine - is implicated in both arousal and early signs of Alzheimer's related tau pathology. Therefore, in one line of my research, I am exploring how Alzheimer's Disease, and/or being at-risk for Alzheimer's Disease, might influence the processing of emotional information.
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